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Galveston Church Damaged by Ike to Reopen

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    IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 10: In this satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Ike moves in to the Gulf of Mexico and continues to gain strength at 14:15 GMT September 10, 2008. Some 900,000 Cubans were evacuated from their homes, and although Ike has steered away from the Florida Keys forecasters are reporting it could hit Texas and northern Mexico by this weekend. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

    A historic Roman Catholic church in Galveston closed since Hurricane Ike damaged it in 2008 reopens this weekend.

    A restored St. Mary Cathedral-Basilica will officially re-open on Easter Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

    The archdiocese says the church, built in 1847, was one of the few Galveston landmarks to survive the catastrophic 1900 hurricane that decimated the city and killed at least 6,000 people.

    In a prepared statement, DiNardo says it was the first church built in Texas to be a cathedral. The church was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.

    The $4 million renovation included replacing the roof, rebuilding the pews, reinforcing the two front spires and a new mural.